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The Best Dishes to Eat in Vietnam- A Delicious Clash of Cultures in Cuisine

A vibrant land of storied relics, lush heritage and geological jewels in land and sea, every aspect of Vietnam thrills the senses, and its mouthwatering food culture is among the most enticing! Combining rich flavours and fresh simplicity, here are some dishes that will have you head over heels.


Pho: The Sumptuous Staple

There are many reasons to choose Vietnam as a dream destination, from old-world colonial city quarters and rainbow-hued market streets to gorgeous untouched beaches, breathtaking mountain escapes, and nature-kissed village communities. However, even among these diverse enticements, it's the unique attributes of the Vietnamese cuisine that seal the deal; an irresistible combination of herbaceous freshness, contrasting textures, and phenomenal deliciousness. If you're wondering where to start, go for the kingly yet budget-friendly local staple of pho- a fragrant noodle soup full of savoury richness with plenty of meat and herbs to satiate any appetite.


Bo Kho: Bread And Breakfast

While slurping stew first thing in the morning might sound dubious, the piquant medley of flavours that will greet your tastebuds after the first spoonful of Bo Ko will have you looking up the recipe! Typically served with a generous portion of Banh Mih, the flaky bread dipped into the spicy-sweet concoction of simmering meat and vegetables, with notes of fish sauce and coconut water, is nothing short of addictive. For a complete breakfast, don't forget to get your caffeine fix with the iconic Vietnamese egg coffee, which follows an ancient recipe for a creamily sweet brew.


Banh Ran: The Vietnamese Doughnut

You're more likely than not to spy these golden-brown, sesame sprinkled doughnut balls on your rambles, especially in the Old Quarter, and there's a reason why they are in demand! With a crispy exterior of rice flour fried to perfection and filled with the unusual sweetness of mung bean paste, this is one sweet treat you'll be hoarding for later.


Banh Xeo: Stuffed Super-Pancakes

Not to be confused with a fluffy omelette, this wholesome rice flour pancake derives its rich yellow colour from turmeric, one of its delectable and nutritious ingredients, along with a hearty stuffing of coconut creamy shrimp, mung beans, onions, and greens. If you're on the hunt for a sophisticated serviced apartment in Da Nang proffering prime access to the region's finest gastronomic hotspots, venture no further than Citadines Blue Cove Danang.


Goi Cuon: Guilt-free Spring Rolls

A delicious "salad" infused with shrimp and coriander and wrapped up in crispy translucent rice paper, this light snack with its accompaniment of lip-smacking peanut sauce is great if you're taking a short break from richer and oilier eats.


Can Kho To: Seafood Soul Food

Following the native pattern of sweet and salty, with the added smoky depth of being cooked in a clay pot, this caramelized fish curry is braised to melt-in-the-mouth decadence and best enjoyed with rice.


Ché: The Sweet Soup

This chilled dessert soup is great if you have a sweet tooth and are determined not to let the tropical climate make you lethargic! Found at both street stalls and restaurants, this rainbowy delicacy of jellies, steamed beans, fresh fruit, and coconut cream hits the spot just right after a brisk stroll or cycle through Saigon's picturesque streets.